ISS Top 30 Released For January

EkbladAaron Ekblad moves up to #1 ranking in January release of ISS Top 30, with entire Top 5 shuffling. Thatcher Demko snatches #1 goalie ranking.

January 15, 2014 [Guelph, ON] ISS Hockey has released its new monthly rankings of the top prospects eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft. This month’s rankings include the top 200 skaters, along with the top 15 goaltenders, as evaluated and ranked by ISS Hockey’s worldwide network of scouts.

Below is the ISS Top 30, highlighting the rankings for the top 30 prospects.


ISS Hockey Top 30 Ranked Prospects For 2014 NHL Draft

1Ekblad, AaronD2/7/1996R6.03.5216BarrieOHL
2Reinhart, SamC11/6/1995R6.00.75185KootenayWHL
3Bennett, SamLW6/20/1996L6.00.25178KingstonOHL
4Dal Colle, MichaelC6/20/1996L6.01.5179OshawaOHL
5Nylander, WillieC5/1/1996R5.11169SodertaljeSweAl
6Perlini, BrendanLW4/27/1996L6.02.5205NiagaraOHL
7Draisaitl, LeonC10/27/1995L6.01.75208Prince AlbertWHL
8Fleury, HaydnLD7/8/1996L6.02.5198Red DeerWHL
9Virtanen, JakeLW8/17/1996R6.00.75208CalgaryWHL
10Karlsson, AntonLW8/3/1996L6.01.25187MoraSweAl
11McKeown, RolandD1/20/1996R6.00.75197KingstonOHL
12Kapanen, KasperiRW7/23/1996L6.00180KuopioFinE
13Ritchie, NicholasLW12/5/1995L6.02.25231PeterboroughOHL
14Bleackley, ConnerC/RW2/7/1996R6.00.5192Red DeerWHL
15McCann, JaredC5/31/1996L6.00.25179S.S. MarieOHL
16Tuch, AlexRW5/10/1996R6.03.5213USA Under-18NTDP
17Milano, SonnyLW5/12/1996L5.11.5183USA Under-18NTDP
18Barbashev, IvanC12/14/1995L6.00183MonctonQMJHL
19Ho-Sang, JoshuaRW1/22/1996R5.11166WindsorOHL
20Ehlers, NikolajLW2/13/1996L5.11.5162HalifaxQMJHL
21Kempe, AdrianC9/13/1996L6.01.5187ModoSweE
22Larkin, DylanLW7/30/1996L6.00.75190USA Under-18NTDP
23Deangelo, TonyRD10/24/1995R5.10.75175SarniaOHL
24Fabbri, RobbyC1/22/1996L5.10166GuelphOHL
25Goldobin, NikolaiRW10/7/1995L5.11.5178SarniaOHL
26Lindblom, OskarRW8/15/1996L6.01.25191BrynasSweJE
27Pastrnak, DavidLW5/25/1996R6.00167SodertaljeSweAl
28Glover, JackRD5/17/1996R6.03.25190USA Under-18NTDP
29Martin, BrycenLD5/9/1996L6.01.75182Swift CurrentWHL
30MacInnis, RyanLW2/14/1996L6.03.5185KitchenerOHL
Published January 15, 2014


The January release of the ISS Top 30 presents a fresh look of the Top 5 rankings;  Aaron Ekblad (#1, previously ranked #2), Sam Reinhart (#2, previously ranked #1), Sam Bennett (#3, previously ranked #5), Michael Dal Colle (#4, previously ranked #3) and Willie Nylander (#5, previously ranked #4).

A superb showing on junior hockey’s biggest stage elevates Ekblad to ISS #1 prospect for January. “Ekblad was arguably the best defender for Canada, and we see him as a future captain and cornerstone defenseman down the road,” comments ISS Hockey Director of Scouting Dennis MacInnis. “No doubt, Ekblad’s transition into the NHL will be as smooth as any defenseman in the past decade, as his strength and maturity make him NHL ready right now.”

The full monthly ISS Hockey rankings are available within RinkNet, software technology tailored for the general manager, scout, coach, player agent or super fan that wants in-depth information on prospects for the upcoming NHL and CHL drafts. They are published on the 15th of each month during the hockey season, along with detailed player scouting profiles and game reports. To find out more about RinkNet, please visit


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ISS Hockey (International Scouting Services) is the world’s leading independent scouting and information provider on hockey prospects. Founded in 2002, ISS scouts, evaluates, analyzes and ranks players internationally on behalf of its many clients. All ISS products are widely utilized in the hockey world, building an industry leading reputation for the best and most comprehensive scouting information. The key to the success of ISS is the incredible worldwide network of ISS Hockey scouts. ISS scouts are within reach of every young hockey player in the world, and attend every major hockey tournament, in addition to thousands of league games. Game and player reports are input into ISS’s sister company RinkNet’s state-of-the-art systems and evaluated to assure reliability and consistency. All players that we rank will have been seen and evaluated many times by several ISS scouts.

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